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by Georgina Callan

Whether the approach to tea drinking is a form of ritual, a calming ceremony to celebrate
the pleasures of consuming green or herbal tea, or whether you view tea as a cup of hot
caffeinated liquid that is an alternative to coffee, we’re guessing that as a modernista you
care about presentation. Dainty cup or sturdy mug, an unusually shaped vessel or an
unexpected material—tea never quite tastes as it should in paper or polystyrene—there
are multiple options, and from which type of teapot or brewing vessel will you pour?

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Eva Zeisel was a 20 year old ceramics artist when she was hired by a Hungarian factory, Kispester-Granit
in 1926. At age 60, in 1983, she returned to the company to create the Granit Teapot but it was not put
into production until 2009 and is now offered exclusively by Design Within Reach and made in China.
This silver teapot will set you back about $9,000. It was originally part of a tea and coffee set service
designed by Marianne Brandt in 1924, and only one set exists. The Bauhaus design teapot is now
reproduced by Technolumen.
Created in 1932 by Wilhelm Wagenfeld, who studied under Laszlo Moholy-Nagy and Christian
Dell, a glass worker with a democratic approach to household items, creating products that
in his view should be accessible to rich and poor alike. Except for the infuser, the glass teapot
is made of hand blown glass.  Exclusive to the Museum of Modern Art.